Kathy Heydt

Stow Lions Meet at Randall Library

The Stow Lions Club gathered at Randall Library Wednesday evening, April 27th to hear Stow resident Kathy Heydt speak about her 38 years’ experience at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. The Club was also pleased to welcome Boston-area 2nd Vice District Governor Ivette Mesmer who spoke briefly on the background of Lions and support for the blind, going back to Helen Keller.

Kathy Heydt first demonstrated Randall Library’s new digital video magnifier for use by sight-impaired library patrons. The magnifier was funded by the Randall Library Friends Association and the Stow Lions Club. The Stow Lions contributed $1000 towards the purchase which came from local businesses and professionals below who were sponsors for our canceled event, “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” in the spring of 2020. We want to thank these sponsors for helping to make this purchase possible:

  • 10.0 Academy Gymnastics
  • Acton Family Dental Care
  • Aubuchon Hardware
  • Curtis Septic Service
  • Derby Ridge Farm
  • Great Road Gas and Auto Repair
  • H. H. Warren Insurance Agency
  • Hudson Road Automotive/ BGL Auto
  • KW Realty / Joe Pessolano
  • Miller Brothers Garage
  • Patterson Autobody
  • Quinn Electric
  • Shaws
  • Stow House of Pizza
  • Stow Orthodontics
  • Streff Associates, counseling
  • TSS Graphics
  • Verizon / Palia Corp
  • William & Pam Glauner
  • Wright Touch Massage for Health
  • XHALE Massage & Relaxation

Our speaker, Kathy Heydt has been both a physical therapist and an orientation and mobility teacher. For 12 years she served as vice principal at Perkins Lower School for pre-K through middle school. The Perkins School is sought out by parents and school districts to provide suitable education for vision and hearing-impaired students. Massachusetts has especially good provisions to accommodate the funding for this. Kathy also noted that for specific individual needs, Perkins frequently directs parents to local Lions Clubs for support.

In recent decades, the Hilton Foundation has generously funded the Perkins School to establish partner programs in over 65 countries in the developing world. Kathy has traveled widely as a part of this program, instructing local educators and organizations on helping disabled students with learning and life skills, enabling them to become more productive. Kathy has greatly appreciated the challenges and rewards of working with teams of dedicated and caring staff as well as with the students who invariably brightened her days there.

The meeting was recorded by Stow TV and can be viewed here.

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